An Individualized Treatment Program for Each Client

Balance Treatment Center is a program designed to meet the needs of clients struggling with mental health issues and dual diagnosis problems. At Balance, we use an evidence based treatment approach that employs the most effective methods available. We believe that in order for our clients to obtain optimal functioning and live efficiently, that it is important to address, explore, understand, and heal psychological issues that are contributing to symptoms and/or addictions.

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The evidence based treatment modalities that will be provided at Balance Treatment Center will include (but are not limited to):

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy – Each client will be assigned an individual therapist. At our residential facility, clients will see their therapist on a daily basis. At our Partial Hospitalization Program, clients will be seen once per week. At our Intensive Outpatient Program, individual therapy is offered on an as needed basis. In individual therapy, clients are able to work with their therapist in depth, exploring what may be contributing to symptomology, gaining insight into issues, as well as developing new coping skills. Our therapists will ensure that each client has an appropriate discharge plan.

Group Therapy – is a key component of the Balance treatment program. Our trained and experienced therapists will facilitate therapy in small groups. The group context and process is utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring, and examining interpersonal relationships within the group. This is a safe and closely monitored environment in which clients can feel comfortable sharing information that allows those with common issues, stories, and emotions to feel understood.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – is a form of therapy used by our psychiatrist and therapists in which the focus lies upon revealing the unconscious content of the client’s psyche that is causing tension. This is similar to psychoanalysis, as it involves looking at the relationship between the client and therapist, examining the transference and countertransference, early childhood experiences, internal conflicts and problems, interpersonal relationships, as well as defense mechanisms. Working through these issues is the key to successful recovery from mental health and dual diagnosis issues.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – In the CBT groups, we will work with clients to examine how they think about the world, as our interpretation of events can lead to emotional responses. The goal will be to teach clients to identify and change irrational or dysfunctional thought patterns. These responses and patterns are also known to be a learned behavior. Our therapists will be teaching clients new ways of reacting and behaving that will be more adaptive and lead to better overall functioning.

Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) – M.I. is a client centered, empathic but directive therapy used to help clients use the information that they know about themselves and where they are in their continuum of treatment, designed to reduce their ambivalence. Normally there is some ambivalence towards change, no matter how good for us we may know it can be. Motivational Interviewing normally includes problem-solving and solution-focused strategies that build on clients’ past success. The therapist will listen empathically and interview with purpose, which will encourage the client to identify discrepancies between significant life goals and the consequences of continuing to go on as they have without making some changes. Motivational Interviewing will help the client to believe in their ability to change, or increase their self-efficacy. This is an evidence based technique that helps clients to take personal responsibility for initiating and sustaining healthy behavior.

The long term goal of Balance Treatment Center is to see our clients achieving optimal functioning in all areas and phases of their lives... basically to be living the best life that they possibly can.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – In DBT, our therapists work with clients to balance acceptance and change (hence dialectic) as well as to examine conflicting demands and wants, with the goal of helping clients improve their overall quality of life. Dialectical behavior therapy is helpful in teaching clients to regulate emotions and is helpful for those who may have behaviors interfering with successful treatment, including a history of suicidal behavior, self-injury, and/or an Axis II diagnosis. We will work with clients to expand their repertoire of coping skills so they are able to experience painful emotions they may be avoiding, so they are able to address problems of everyday life including career and relationships, and so they may gain a greater sense of themselves by reducing any possible feelings of boredom or emptiness.

Stress/Health Management – will include techniques focused on controlling the client’s level of stress. This is for the purpose of improving everyday functioning. As stress is known to contribute to physical and emotional decline, the process of stress management is the key to a successful life. At Balance Treatment Center, we focus on the positive and healthy (rather than negative and dysfunctional), so Health Management (vs. Stress Management) will include components of identification, perception, appraisal, as well as monitoring the client’s self-efficacy, or how well they believe they are managing their health. If we believe that we are managing our health, we are!

Recreation Therapy – uses recreation and art as a form of therapy. The process of recreation and creation are emphasized rather than the final product. In recreation therapy, clients are able to heal through the use of creative expression and imagination, through the use of the body, and through the use of the “right brain” which allows one to express feelings/emotions before censoring oneself and can lead to a deep insight and cathartic process.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - EMDR is a treatment used primarily for PTSD but has also been shown to be effective for panic disorder, addictions, and specific phobias. In EMDR the clients brings to mind an emotionally unpleasant image and belief about themselves as related to a difficult situation/event.

With these thoughts and images in mind, clients are also asked to pay attention to an outside stimulus, such as eye movement or finger tapping, which is guided by a trained and experienced therapist. Faced with the difficult event, the brain is often overwhelmed, making it difficult to process information normally. The events may be repressed, and the act of remembering it can trigger the “fight or flight” response. EMDR works by building new connections between these difficult events and adaptive information (such as positive beliefs) within other areas of the memory, bringing about a reduction in symptoms.

Neurofeedback (also known as EEG biofeedback) – Neurofeedback directly trains brain functioning, by which the brain is taught to be more adaptive, efficient, and effective. Electrodes are attached to the scalp to monitor brainwave activity. The signals are processed by a computer and information about key brainwave frequencies is extracted. The ebbs and flows of this activity are shown to the client, who can then attempt to change the activity level. The client essentially is playing a video game with his or her brain; and by promoting or diminishing specific brain wave function, brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable and regulated performance.

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy – is a horse assisted therapy that is extremely effective in treating a variety of psychological issues and mental disorders. There are a number of physiological and psychological benefits gained from interacting with horses. These include lowered heart rate and blood pressure, increased beta-endorphin levels, decreased stress, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning, and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience, and self-esteem.

Multi-Family Group – is designed to help the client and family work together in restoring the client to baseline functioning and living the most fulfilling life possible. The Multi-Family Group will be mainly psychoeducational , informing family and support members about mental illness, developing coping skills, creating a support network, problem solving, communication skills, as well as developing an alliance between the client, family, providers, and others in their support network. Balance Treatment Center would like to have the flexibility to be open to members’ needs, with the facilitator being open to processing members’ questions and concerns as well. In this context, the process will help group members discuss issues in common, learn from each other, and support each other. Members can benefit by listening and by active participation. The amount of structure will depend upon the length of time members have been in the program, amount of questions/concerns of group and family members, as well as the style of the facilitator.

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